BHP Billiton is a global leader in the resources industry. It employs 35,000 employees working in more than 100 operations in approximately 20 countries. BHP Billiton occupies industry leader or near industry leader positions in major commodity businesses, including aluminium, energy coal and metallurgical coal, copper, ferro-alloys, iron ore and titanium minerals, and has substantial interests in oil, gas, liquefied natural gas, nickel, diamonds and silver. The headquarters of BHP Billiton Limited, and the global headquarters of the combined BHP Billiton Group, are located in Melbourne, Australia. BHP Billiton Plc is located in London, United Kingdom.
The partnership between BHP Billiton, three regional governments and international organizations, has shown enormous success in tackling malaria - one of Africa's most recurrent and deadly issues. Through its efforts, BHP Billiton has assisted in reducing malaria deaths by some 80% in southern Africa. The program is classic partnership between the private sector and the public sector, but it is also a partnership between three countries to ensure regional success. As the program gathers momentum (the Global Fund awarded this regional initiative US$22 million over five years), it will move into initiatives to strengthen research and development. The keys to success have been funding, good project management and speedy implementation all managed via the partnership approach. African researchers apply best practice and overcome obstacles to development.